Government calling for tech to measure distance between bikes and cars

The State Government is on the look out for technology to help them enforce a minimum passing distance between cyclists and motorists.

It comes after a two-year trial of the ‘one-metre rule’ – which required motorists to leave at least one metre between themselves and a cyclist when passing at speeds slower than 61km/h, and an additional half-metre when passing cyclists faster than 60km/h.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said: “The one-metre rule was introduced to make motorists more aware of bicycle riders and encourage motorists to leave enough space between their vehicle and the bicycle.


“[Now] we want to identify available devices that can measure the passing distance between cyclists and motorists to help keep people safe while sharing the road.”

He said they also want to investigate whether collecting video evidence is useful when it comes to police enforcement of the Minimum Passing Distance.

Professor Narelle Haworth from the Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) said the State Government’s trial of a Minimum Passing Distance had definitely been successful.

She said a CARRS-Q study revealed that 88 per cent of drivers left 1m or more in 60 km/h or less speed zones, and 79 per cent left 1.6 or more in higher speed zones.

“Drivers reported being more aware of cyclists when driving on the road than 12 months ago and most riders and the drivers surveyed had observed motorists giving cyclists more room when overtaking than they used to.”

The State Government tender is calling for contractors to help “investigate, trial and report on devices that measure and record lateral passing distance between bicycles and motorised vehicles” as well as investigate issues around collecting and using video evidence.

Local businesses interested in being involved in the Passing Distance Measurement Technology trial should submit a tender application before 10 October.